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State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) and State Representative Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) will be on hand during the Jackson Apple Festival on Saturday to provide bicycle safety information for families and help properly fit children for new bike helmets. Free helmets will be provided as part of the Ohio Academy of Pediatrics' "Put A Lid On It" campaign. 

More than 10,000 children in Ohio have received bike helmets as part of the Put a Lid on It! program, and 18 million people nationwide have been reached through the program's efforts to educate children and families about the importance of bike safety. 

In 2010, more than 50,000 people were injured by not wearing a bike helmet. Bicycles play a role in more childhood injuries than any other consumer product. Effectively increasing helmet usage among Ohio children requires an increased awareness about the benefits of wearing helmets, receiving encouragement from adults and making helmet available to as many children as possible. 

To learn more about Bike Helmet Safety Awareness Week and bike safety advocacy visit the "Put A Lid On It!" Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bikehelmetsafety or their website at www.ohioaap.org

WHO:         
State Senator Bob Peterson
State Representative Ryan Smith

WHAT:       
Free bike helmets! 

WHEN:
10 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2016

WHERE:     
Jackson Apple Festival, (Click here for information on parking and a full schedule of Saturday's events.)

For more information or for media inquires please contact Clark Siddle at Clark.Siddle@OhioSenate.gov or (614) 466-9009 or Melanie Farkas, Ohio AAP, at mfarkas@ohioaap.org or (614) 354-2672.

 
 
 
  
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